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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-26-2019, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Reloads for .243

I'm heading to Wyoming for an antelope hunt this fall and am taking my .243. I usually load 100 grain Nosler Partitions and usually use IMR-7828 powder. But I have seen that Nosler has updated their load info recently and are listing some powders that are attaining some higher velocities such as: RL 25, H1000, Norma MRP and Magnum.
Has anyone loaded any of these in their .243 and if so, what kind of accuracy were you getting? Thanks in advance.
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What works in another rifle your barrel might not like. If you have been doing well with 7828 why switch for a small increase in velocity. You might be further ahead to try some bullets with a higher BC. The Partitions do not fare so well in that area.
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I like the performance of the partitions on deer sized game so I want to stay with that bullet. I want to possibly switch powders to get the utmost accuracy that I can. The accuracy that I accept for less than 100 yard PA deer hunting is different than what I want to have for potentially shooting a speedgoat at 3-400 yards, hence why I asked about the accuracy that they are getting.
I realize rifles are different. I've been reloading for about 25 years. Thought I'd ask on here just to gauge an idea if several others on here have had particular success with one or more of those powders for a starting point. This is usually a good place to ask.

Hope that clears everything up.
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Years ago when I was reloading, I was shooting into a nickel at 100 yards from a Browning A Bolt, 20 barrel with 95g Nosler Partition, 40.7g IMR4350, CCI primer, brass neck sized only. Never had a chance to use it on anything but paper, but shot and carried nice. Never fell in love with the rig, its gone, as I am a Gamemaster fan. Give it a try. Good luck.
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What size groups do you have now with the powder you are loading at 3 to 400 yards ?
What do you need for groups at that range ?

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DVD, thank you for providing an answer that is pertinent to my question!
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What size groups do you have now with the powder you are loading at 3 to 400 yards ?
What do you need for groups at that range ?
I've never fired my current .243 load at 3-400 yards, never needed to. On most of my hunting trips I usually took my 7mm mag, but I want to use something different this time, just for kicks. I want the most accuracy that I can get, whatever that is. This is by far not my first hunting trip, nor my first time sighting in and shooting a rifle for a hunt. Part of the fun for me is developing loads and seeing how they shoot. I am not lost on this. I do not need help figuring anything out. I appreciate the help, but I just want to know if anyone had experience loading these powders and what kind of results they had. Thank you.
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Back in the day when I had a .243, I loaded any bullet weights under 100gr. (not 100gr.) using H-414. Always provided sub-MOA accuracy out to 300-yds....the longest I had a range to shoot.

One thing that always perplexed me was once I went to a 100gr. bullet, the groups would open up much more than I liked. So....I shot any bullet under 98gr.

I hope this helps.
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DVD, thank you for providing an answer that is pertinent to my question!
No problem... it was scary tight... believe me. I suprised myself. I hope you can work up a load that knocks off your socks, and knocks game over. I just never had the confidence in myself to use anything under .270WIN.
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Back in the day when I had a .243, I loaded any bullet weights under 100gr. (not 100gr.) using H-414. Always provided sub-MOA accuracy out to 300-yds....the longest I had a range to shoot.

One thing that always perplexed me was once I went to a 100gr. bullet, the groups would open up much more than I liked. So....I shot any bullet under 98gr.

I hope this helps.
Did you ever shoot the 95 grain Partitions?
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